Home Culture Environment Review 10 October 2018 Forget doomy “Anthropocene” ideas, if we’re serious about saving Earth we need hope, says Tomás Saraceno, the artist whose tetrahedral balloons inspire researchers By Simon IngsOn Air by Tomás Saraceno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 17 October to 6 January Albedo by Tomás Saraceno, Art Basel, Miami Beach, 6 to 9 December Advertisement THE Argentine-born artist Tomás Saraceno maintains a studio in Berlin – if you can call a disused chemicals factory a studio. There is nothing small about this operation. Saraceno, who trained as an architect in Buenos Aires, now employs hundreds of people, with specialisms ranging from art history and architecture to biology and anthropology. If you’re serious about saving the world, you need this kind of cross-disciplinary team, I suppose. Though Saraceno hasn’t exactly promised to save the world, he has been dropping some big hints. His utopian installations include Cloud Cities at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, in 2011 – a collection of geometric, inflated shapes. Even by the time of his Observatory/Air-Port-City show at London’s Hayward Gallery in 2008, these shapes contained autonomous residential units. A network of habitable cells floated in the air, combining and recombining like clouds. A year… Read full this story
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